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Many people who experience relapse feel as if they’ve failed in their recovery journey. It may help to realize that relapse does not equate to failure. Rather, for many, relapse is just a part of the recovery journey. Still, early intervention is vital to reduce future relapse risk. Lighthouse Recovery’s outpatient programs can help you overcome relapse and start a new chapter of healing in your life.

What Does It Really Mean to Relapse?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction is a disease of a chronic nature. This means that some people will relapse or return to substance use after attempting to stop as a part of their recovery.

NIDA points out that relapse rates for substance use disorder (SUD) are about 40-60%. This percentage is comparable to rates for other chronic illnesses, like hypertension or asthma. Likewise, effective treatment for SUD should follow suit with the treatment for other chronic illnesses.

There are many factors that influence relapse. Addiction triggers, stressful times like the holiday season, and a lack of a supportive environment can all be catalysts for relapse.

The Dangers of Relapse

Individuals can relapse weeks, months, or even years after they last used substances. While relapse can inevitably threaten an individual’s recovery, the re-introduction of substances can also lead to dangerous – and potentially fatal – consequences as well.

According to NIDA, an overdose occurs “when the person uses enough of a drug to produce uncomfortable feelings, life-threatening symptoms, or death.” Overdose can occur when an individual returns to substance use at the same rate that they stopped. In other words, an overdose can happen when a person tries to use as much of a drug as they did before they quit. 

Approach Relapse Without Judgment

If you do happen to relapse, the most important thing to remember is that this is often a normal part of recovery. Recovery is a journey, not a sprint, and relapse does not equal failure. 

To continue moving forward, you can learn to approach relapse without judgment. If you relapse, it can be an opportunity for you to learn even more about yourself. There is great power in understanding how to re-frame negative thoughts and experiences as opportunities for learning and growth. 

Starting a New Chapter in Treatment

Many people experience a relapse after they try to quit using substances on their own. If this is the case for you, consider seeking professional treatment. Treatment and recovery programs, along with self-help groups, are just a few options available for you to find the support and guidance that you need to sustain lasting sobriety.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 24, “all the long-term studies find that ‘treatment works.'” SAMHSA also states that the majority of those who struggle with addiction will eventually have less frequent and severe relapse episodes once they begin treatment.

Relapse Prevention and Recovery at Lighthouse Recovery Texas

At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, our programs are designed with relapse prevention in mind. Our years of experience have allowed us to build our very own, in-house, custom-built curriculum. This curriculum is designed to give you the life skills needed to prevent relapse and learn how to continue moving forward, especially if relapse does occur.

Our nationally-recognized extended care program will guide you through the vital first months to a year of treatment and recovery. Extended care is the perfect option for those who have relapsed. If you’ve had difficulty staying sober after prior treatment or attempting it on your own, this program will give you long-term accountability and structure.


The partial hospitalization program (PHP) at Lighthouse is usually the first step in the extended care program. A PHP will help you build a strong foundation during your first month of treatment. This is a highly-structured program that meets in small groups five days a week for six hours each day. You will also meet for individual therapy and psychiatric care if needed.

Lighthouse’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is usually the next step down in treatment after PHP. This is a 12-week program that provides you with outside support and a stable routine that you can manage while enrolled in the program. IOP is less intensive than PHP, with three group sessions and one individual therapy session per week. 

Both the PHP and IOP at Lighthouse will help give you the tools needed to re-enter daily life with confidence in your sobriety.

Sober Living

Many people struggling with addiction do not have a stable living environment, which often makes it difficult to stay sober. Lighthouse’s sober living program is designed for those who need extra support in early sobriety. This program will give you the structure necessary to help the transition back to independence and daily life without substances.

Sober living at Lighthouse is focused on building curated sober communities and strong peer support. You may attend sober living while enrolled in our extended care program and enjoy our luxury settings that will allow you to keep a strong focus on your recovery.

Recovery Coaching

At Lighthouse, we match every client with a recovery coach while they are enrolled in our programs. Your recovery coach will be there to support you as you begin to navigate a life of sobriety.

We also offer a recovery coaching program for clients who have already completed treatment. The recovery coaching program generally runs for 90 to 180 days, and it’s the last structured piece of care in our extended care program.

Recovery coaching will help you stay accountable and set strong short and long-term goals. When you have someone in your corner to help and guide you, it will be much easier for you to achieve long-lasting sobriety. 

Relapse is a natural part of the addiction recovery process. It’s important to approach relapse without judgment and remember that relapse does not mean you failed. At Lighthouse Recovery Texas, relapse prevention is built into our custom-designed curriculum. Our extended care program is perfect for those who have relapsed after other treatment options or tried to get sober on their own. The PHP at Lighthouse will help you through the vital first month of sobriety and give you the foundation you need to stay accountable to your goals. Our IOP, sober living, and recovery coaching programs are designed to help you through your recovery journey with strong support. Call us today at (214) 396-0259.